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White Working Class Children

Commenting on the Government’s response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2014–2015, Underachievement in Education by White Working Class Children, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers.

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The comments cite research from the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies, including work from ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize winner John Jerrim..

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We know the population is ageing – now we must embrace the challenge

We know the population is ageing – now we must embrace the challenge | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

With numbers of people aged 75 and over expected to double by 2040, society needs to adapt quickly, writes Jane Falkingham

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Article written by Jane Falkingham, Director of ESRC-funded Centre for Population Change

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Gordon Brown roars into life: On the eve of historic vote, ex-PM gives the speech of the campaign so why wasn't he in charge of the No campaign from the beginning?

Gordon Brown roars into life: On the eve of historic vote, ex-PM gives the speech of the campaign so why wasn't he in charge of the No campaign from the beginning? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The former Prime Minister tore into Alex Salmond, insisting Scotland does not belong to him or any other politician, declaring: 'Scotland belongs to all of us.'

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Article cites the ESRC funded Institue for Fiscal Studies

Article originally published 18 September 2014

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Scottish independence: Why Catalonia, Flanders and Venice will be watching

Scottish independence: Why Catalonia, Flanders and Venice will be watching | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

In less than a month, Scotland will decide whether or not it wants independence. But will the referendum have an impact across Europe? Metro looks at the other states who want their own rule.

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Article cites the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change

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Today programme, Discusses Independant Scotland, BBC Radio 4

Today programme, Discusses Independant Scotland, BBC Radio 4 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Morning news and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk; Weather; Thought for the Day.

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Programme discusses financial options in an independent Scotland, featuring ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland fellow Dr Angus Armstrong, starting at 18:40 and concluding at 24:00

Programme originally aired 26 August 2014

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Scottish Independence BBC Radio 2

Scottish Independence BBC Radio 2 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Jeremy Vine explores what Scottish Independence would mean to the EU.

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First half of the programme interviews Michael Keating and John Curtice from the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland

First broadcast 09 September 2014 on BBC Radio 2

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Nationalists’ plan for Scottish welfare state will cost £750m extra per year

Nationalists’ plan for Scottish welfare state will cost £750m extra per year | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
SNP plans for a separate Scottish welfare state could cost taxpayers £750million extra in the first year of independence alone.
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The article mentions figures from the impartial Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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European poll shows democracy still needs a bit of work

European poll shows democracy still needs a bit of work | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Every year, the UN celebrates its International Day of Democracy, even if it often feels like there is little to smile about on this front. Research to be presented at the Italian parliament to mark the occasion shows that while Europeans across the continent share a powerful faith in democracy, they think their countries are lacking some of its most fundamental components.

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The article discusses research by the European Social Survey, which received ESRC funding.

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Older workers to learn how much 'flat-rate' state pension they'll get

Older workers to learn how much 'flat-rate' state pension they'll get | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The statements will give an important indication as to whether workers need to act to top up their contributions.
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The article cites estimates from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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In Scotland, as elsewhere, people must take responsibility for their decisions

In Scotland, as elsewhere, people must take responsibility for their decisions | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Information has been plentiful on the Scottish independence referendum - yet the public still wants incompatibles such as better services without having to pay more tax.

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Article cites the ESRC's Future of the UK and Scotland programme

Artilce published 16 September 2014

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In Rotherham blame game, media ignores those who did good work

In Rotherham blame game, media ignores those who did good work | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Rotherham Metropolitan Council has released its independent report on the handling of child sexual exploitation cases in the borough between 1997 and 2013.


The author of the report, Professor Alexis Jay, is an academic and former Chief Social Work Adviser to the Scottish government. Professor Jay has unquestionably produced an important report, which should leave us in no doubt that many young people in Rotherham were sexually exploited, with some also experiencing severe physical and emotional abuse.

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The author of this article, Bernard Gallagher, receives funding from the ESRC.

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Sterling Faces Important Week With Scottish Referendum, FOMC and Key UK Data

Sterling Faces Important Week With Scottish Referendum, FOMC and Key UK Data | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The US Federal Reserve is scheduled to announce its policy rates on Wednesday. The statement and the press briefing by its Chair Janet Yellen are likely to provide clearer cues about the beginning of rate hikes in the world's largest economy, proving crucial for the currency market. In addition, the UK consumer price inflation data for August is due for Tuesday and the Bank of England minutes and the ILO unemployment rate on Wednesday. With rate hike speculation increasing in the UK, a vote split this time will be of even more importance.
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The discussion of UK currency reference's a report from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, which receives ESRC funding.

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UK net migration up by more than 38%

UK net migration up by more than 38% | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Net migration into the UK increased by more than 38% to 243,000 in 2013-14, government statisticians have said.


The Oxford Migration Observatory said the latest figures made it "effectively impossible for the government to achieve its target by the end of this Parliament without radical measures".

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The Migration Observatory, quoted in this article, receives funding from the ESRC.

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Ignacio Quintana's curator insight, October 14, 2014 8:53 PM

Similar to another article I found, here we see how they plan to address this Immigration issue. Since the emigration is smaller than immigration, The UK is scared of having too many people. They will attempt to lower the rate of immigration, but they understand it will be tough. They have interestingly found that around a quarter of these immigrants were single mothers, so maybe the UK has a good looking economy which attracts people like single mothers looking to provide for a family.

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Politically speaking with Ed Balls MP

Politically speaking with Ed Balls MP | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, those born in the mid-1980s have lower incomes than those born just five or 10 years earlier at the same age. 

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Ed Balls MP references findings of the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Austerity, past, present and yet to come: the OBR’s outlook for the public finances

Austerity, past, present and yet to come: the OBR’s outlook for the public finances | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"The Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) working paper No. 7 ‘Crisis and consolidation in the public finances’ has unsurprisingly generated a good deal of commentary on spending ahead of the crisis, and the outlook for the public finances into the future. The document serves as a stark reminder about the nature and scale of austerity policies in the past and yet to come. A good deal of the story can be told through three of the OBR charts."

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The article mentions the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Why our ageing population needs immigration

Why our ageing population needs immigration | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The debate, and sometimes slanging match, over the touchy topic of immigration often centres on the tired old argument of 'foreigners taking our jobs', but what's often overlooked is just how much immigration contributes economically to the UK.

The figures for just how vital foreign workers are to the UK were laid bare by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).

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NIESR receives funding from the ESRC.

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The tax-free recovery

The tax-free recovery | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

BRITAIN’S economy is roaring along. The IMF thinks it will outpace that of every G7 country in 2014. 

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Artilce cites the ESRC funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Scotland's vote on independence: What you need to know

Scotland's vote on independence: What you need to know | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Scots go to the polls Thursday to vote on the future of their country. Here's what you need to know about the landmark referendum.

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Article cites the ESRC funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Scotland: The World's First Referendum on Inequality?

Scotland: The World's First Referendum on Inequality? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

What the independence campaign has in common with Occupy Wall Street

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Article cites the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme

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Helping carers of brain injury patients

A unique online resource has been launched for family members and others involved in the care of people with severe forms of brain injury.

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Article cites the findings from the ESRC funded project at Cardiff University.

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Yes vote in Scotland won't revive North East regional assembly says MP

Yes vote in Scotland won't revive North East regional assembly says MP | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
There will be no return to a regional assembly if Scotland returns a no-vote at the referendum, a Labour MP has said
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The article quotes Dr Angus Armstrong of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and Fellow of the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

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Soctland referendum: Chief counting officer on announcing result

Soctland referendum: Chief counting officer on announcing result | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The referendum is likely to attract the highest voter turnout in Scotland's history.

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Interview with ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Fellow, Paul Cairney.

Interview first aired 17 September 2014

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Bill Jamieson: Businesses conflicted over vote?

Bill Jamieson: Businesses conflicted over vote? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Last week brought contradictory letters – the first from the No camp signed by more than 130 business leaders, immediately trumped by a Yes letter signed by more than 200. 


So what can we glean from the state of business opinion and the weight of support behind these two letters? A Future of the UK and Scotland Analysis at the University of Edinburgh Business School chaired by Economic and Social Research Council senior fellow Professor Brad MacKay, has just published its final report on evidence from business interviews.

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The article discusses a report from the ESRC Future of UK and Scotland programme.

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Scottish Independence: Can young voters swing the vote?

Scottish Independence: Can young voters swing the vote? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Scottish 16-17 year olds have been given the historic opportunity to vote in today's Scottish independence referendum. Will Generation Y be able to swing the result?

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Article cites the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme

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How can older people’s skills be valued after life’s rush hour?

How can older people’s skills be valued after life’s rush hour? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Work needs to be done to ensure the UK’s increasing ageing population can still contribute to society. 

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Article cites the ESRC Centre for Population Change

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